Help save the arts in Rochester, NY
  • Petitioned Leonard E. Redon

This petition was delivered to:

Deputy Mayor of Rochester, NY
Leonard E. Redon
President City Council
Lovely A. Warren
At-Large Councilmember
Elaine M. Spaull
At-Large Councilmember
Dana K. Miller
Rocheser City Council
The City of Rochester
At-Large Councilmember
Adam McFadden
At-Large Councilmember
Jacklyn Ortiz
At-Large Councilmember
Matt Haag
At-Large Councilmember
Carolee Conklin
Assistant to the Mayor
Darryl Porter

Help save the arts in Rochester, NY

    1. J.R. Teeter
    2. Petition by

      J.R. Teeter

      rochester, NY

Bread & Water Theatre is being asked to get an entertainment center license by the RPD and by extension the city of Rochester. This license costs $425-$475 and is renewed every January 1st. The purpose of the license is to facilitate inspections of the applicant to ensure they are in compliance with local codes. BWT's venue is already inspected on a regular basis and there is no need for a second round of inspections with such a high dollar cost.

Payment of the $425-$475 fee could severely curtail BWT's efforts to bring new theatre to the Rochester area. If the fee isn't paid, we risk being shut down.

THIS ISSUE NOT ONLY EFFECTS BWT, BUT ALL OTHER BUSINESSES WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS. Any organization that does the following can be asked to pay this fee.: poetry/book readings, music performances, events with DJ's, theatre performances, performance art and any other sort of function that can loosely be described as entertainment.

Help us repeal or revise this law so that it does not needlessly harm organizations by imposing fees for redundant government inspections.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Taking it to the streets

      J.R. Teeter
      Petition Organizer

      BWT is looking for neighborhood businesses willing to have our petition on display at their location. We'll provide the paper petitions and you provide the space. We've already had great success with one local business and we think that we can duplicate those efforts around town. Contact us at info@breadandwatertheatre.org to express your interest.

    3. City Council seeks to overhaul Entertainment Licensing

      J.R. Teeter
      Petition Organizer

      Our job is not over yet, but our progress is definitely showing. City Council is going to study changing the law that is affecting so many arts organizations. Spread the word and have your friends sign our petition. Let's save the arts together!

    4. Bread & Water Theatre protests city demand for big licensing fee

      J.R. Teeter
      Petition Organizer

      This article by the Empty Closet provides a well-rounded explanation as to the issues currently facing BWT in regards to the Entertainment Center License issue.

    5. The City of Rochester is trying to drive Bread & Water Theatre out of Town

      J.R. Teeter
      Petition Organizer

      Hello All,

      I received a call from Suzanne from the City of Rochester zoning office. She wants Bread & Water Theatre to get a zoning variance that will cost approximately $250. She was informed about us by the Rochester City Clerk's office. The clerk's office is in charge of the paperwork for entertainment center licensing. It seems clear that the City of Rochester does not want small non-profit theatre's around and wants to bully us out of town. Send them a clear message by spreading this petition far and wide.

    6. Reached 250 signatures
    7. News Coverage

      J.R. Teeter
      Petition Organizer

      Many people throughout the Rochester arts community have been very supportive of our efforts to repeal or revise the law governing entertainment centers. The City Newspaper even wrote an article on it. However, the Democrat and Chronicle has yet to publish an article on this issue in its papers. Send a letter to Stuart Low voicing your support of Bread & Water Theatre and other arts organizations that are affected by this ordinance. slow@democratandchronicle.com.

    8. Reached 100 signatures
    9. Theater Group in License Flap

      J.R. Teeter
      Petition Organizer

      The first of what I hope is many articles on the issue of entertainment center licenses.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Samuel Akin ROCHESTER, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      We should be supporting all of our Arts programs as they are providing healthy, positive experiences for everyone.

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    • Seth Hebert ROCHESTER, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      I am an artist, so this is important to me.

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    • Myriah M FREDONIA, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      As an actress and musician who grew up in Rochester, I was extremely fortunate to attend a school with a fantastic music program; to grow up with the privilege of hearing the RPO and watching productions at Geva Theatre and Garth Fagan's dance troup; to attend classes and take lessons through the Eastman Community Education program; to be exposed to this city's vibrant art culture. It is - in my humble opinion - the best part about Rochester. Please do not penalize this city's strongest asset.

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    • Evelyn Cassano FAIRPORT, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      For our community the arts offer a unique means of connecting us to our common humanity. Whether visual, musical, dramatic, or dance, the arts allow us to “create together” and to discover shared understandings. The creation and presentation of art often inspires a raft of civically valuable dispositions – trust, openness, honesty, cooperativeness, tolerance, and respect. Don’t destroy this.

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    • Jay Rowe ROCHESTER, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      Hefty fines and fees should be saved for the businesses that detract from city living. Art and theater add to the culture of our city.

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